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Ancient Echoes - Music from the time of Jesus and Jerusalem's Second Temple

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The San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble (SAVAE) invites people from different faiths to celebrate their various religious roots with the gift of song. The Ancient Echoes CD features recreations of music from the time of Jesus and Jerusalem's Second Temple, which makes it the perfect gift for people of all denominations. Composed after years of intense study, Ancient Echoes draws from Jewish and Christian sources and Islamic influences to create a collection of spiritual and emotive choral and instrumental pieces.

SAVAE takes a landmark step toward recreating ancient music of the Holy Land - including original prayers of Jesus, sung in his native Aramaic language, sacred Levitical music from Jerusalem's Second Temple, and Essene chant from the Dead Sea Scrolls. A vibrant culture that was enriched by contact with distant lands connected along caravan routes is recaptured here, as SAVAE's voices ring out above the driving pulse of Middle Eastern rhythms to harmonize with ancient instruments. In this musical remembrance, Judaic and Christian scripture offer the listener renewed inspiration.

About the Artist

The San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble (SAVAE) is a renowned choral and instrumental group dedicated to exploring the origins of ancient music. They have appeared on National Public Radio's Performance Today several times between their numerous U.S. tours. Their previous recordings of Aztec and Nahua music have received rave reviews, including Guadalupe: Virgen de los Indios, featured on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ashir shirim (I Will Sing Songs to God) - Wedding Song
  2. Rannanu (Sing with Joy) - Chant from the Dead Sea Scrolls
  3. Abwoon (O Father-Mother of the Cosmos) - The Aramaic Lord's Prayer
  4. Arabian Dance - Instrumental
  5. Song of Seikilos - 1st Century Greek song
  6. Tubwayhun l'ahbvday sh'lama (Blessed are the Peacemakers)
  7. Sounding of the Shofar & Shema Israel (Hear, O Israel)
  8. Bircath Cohenim (The Priestly Blessing)
  9. Wa y'daber Elohim (And God Spoke) - The Ten Commandments
  10. Tubwayhun layleyn d'khafnin w'tseyn (Blessed Are Those Who Hunger & Thirst)
  11. Ze Eli meode (This Is My Supreme God) - Wedding Song
  12. Tubwayhun l'miskeneh'eh b'ruh (Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit)
  13. Psalm 114: B'tseth Israel (When Israel Went Forth From Egypt)
  14. Tubwayhun l'bwileh (Blessed Are They That Mourn)
  15. Abwoon - Spoken Prayer
  16. Bircath Cohenim – Reprise

Product details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00006SKPY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,773 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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